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Hop Sutra - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

150 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: daledeee on 07-24-2010

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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 52
Photo of mdcrouser
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks absolutely outstanding - brilliant orange and deep peach, like the sun setting just above the horizon. Fluffy, creamy white head looks like the frothy caps of an incoming wave. Is there an ideal looking beer? Leaves rings like a tree all the way down the glass.

As you'd expect, pretty big in the nose - citrus like a tangerine, fleshy like a peach, floral. Maybe not as pungent as I'd expected.

Alcohol at the fore, fire-breathing hops afterwards - juicy, peach flesh, orange marmalade.

Mildly prickly on the tongue, very smooth, sits heavy on the tongue for just a minute and then it's gone, like evaporation.

A good one, but not great or ground-breaking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not had a ton of beer from iowa, but I've liked most of what I've been able to try. this is a fun one, courtesy of a new friend. a double ipa of sorts, hopped and dry hopped to oblivion, supposedly with some belgian yeast strain, but i don't get much of its influence, and whatever its done to this beer is overshadowed by its enormous hop flavors. nice hazy redwood color, red mulch sort of shade, with a short but lasting fizzy white head. it smells like citrusy hops, tons of alpha acids and pine sap, its very much the west cost bomb, but the grain bill is different. the taste confirms a little something darker in the grain bill, coppery fresh baked front end devolves quickly into a woody hop bomb that must have some centennial in it along with some other heavy hitting C varietals. the yeast profile is oddly nondescript for me, i get nothing of the declared belgian yeast, and the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. also rather quick finishing for such a big beer, so i assume some high gravity ale yeast was used. a little thick in feel, but the exuberant carbonation brighten things up on the palate. a well packaged and well made from a brewery i had previously never heard of. fun stuff.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peace Tree Hop Sutra Double IPA, Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville, Iowa.

Hazed, dark amber, deep apricot hue, under a lush bone white head.

Aroma: prickly pine, resinous, and certainly citric. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Bold and brash.

Taste: more big citrus, more powerful bitterness, slight astringency, washing over …juicy…pithy…mmm. This is possessed by what I can only call an ineluctable Belgian yeast quality. It permeates everything, to the benefit of all. Absolute yummitude, that's another way to put it. Hop bitterness meets completely oddball Belgian yeasty weirdness. And everyone's a winner.

If anyone's still missing out on the joys of a Belgian IPA, American-style or Belgian-style, well, my heart goes out to you. This guy digs 'em. Fullish body, longish finish. Great hop presence on the palate,...I am enjoying the heck out of this one. More Hop Sutra, Peace Tree, more, more, more!

Photo of alaimoa
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date and poured cold at 37-40 degrees. Overall very enjoyable and would drink regularly if local
A: orangey brown with dirty lace ring
S:citrus orange rind, hop resins, earthy pine
T: follows the nose with citrus throughout and a resinous malt backbone that isn't too aggressive given high abv
M: carb a bit weak with coating feel

Photo of darthvohn
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Nonic pint

Appearance: This DIPA poured a viscous, cloudy maple syrup color with a rich looking off-white head which was two and a half fingers thick. Nice look.

Smell: Resinous with loads of citrus and mango along with yeast, dank and banana. This is a great smelling DIPA. A little bit of booze singes the nose at the end but not enough to make this un-enjoyable.

Taste: The hops explode the moment you take a sip. The citrus and tropical fruits carryover very, very well along with the yeasty characteristics. Damn good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sticky, coating; Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall: This DIPA packs in all the flavors I enjoy in this style. I would not hesitate to grab this if I had the opportunity.. A+

Photo of Beerlover
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have a had a few other offerings by peace tree that have left me less than impressed, in fact I decided that this would be the last chance for them before I bought this but I'm glad that I did! This is an excellent example of a double ipa!! wow! the appearance is solid, a little thin in the head, the smell and taste are my favorite qualities of this beer. Strong aromas of heavily heavenly hopped-ness, it's a different and distinct hop aroma though, not really citrusy or tropical but not earthy and dank either, almost sweet... The flavor in this beer hits the aromas spot on, I think the malts help cut the hops but not too much at all. and it has this really unique aftertaste that isn't harshly bitter or hanging heavy brutal aftertaste, spot on hop awesomeness! I will definitely be buying another 4 pack of this!!

Photo of Gipsy_Danger
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled chalice glass.

A: Fairly standard orangey-type color when poured into the chalice. Light lacing around the glass that dissipates and sinks fairly rapidly. 1.5 finger white head when poured.

S: Again, standard hoppy Double IPA smell with a little bit more alcohol than I prefer.

T: Smooth, with just hints of hops and bitterness at the end. Nothing particularly memorable. Quite sessionable, actually.

M: Very smooth. Some coating of the tongue after drinking, but overall a fairly standard IPA feel.

O: Not a bad iteration of the Double IPA style, but nothing particularly stands out. 3.75.

Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-brown, cloudy, chunks of yeast, good head.

Smell: Citrus, mild fruity yeast, pepper.

Taste: Sweet, orange citrus. Some fruitiness, a little bit of black pepper, moves to a solidly bitter finish.

Overall: I finally found some bottles of this one in Iowa so I picked up a 4 pack. A good Belgian IPA that the brewery calls a double IPA on the label. The Belgian elements mingle well with the hops so each takes equal footing. Sometimes Belgo yeasts give me some weird flavors but this one seems to work well.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark saturated orange, soft haze, lasting collar of lace and skim across the surface.

Hugely resinous aroma of dried mango, citrus peel, dank green hops, and a slight cattiness.

Slick and viscous feel, loaded with oily hop resin, traces of alcohol combine and render the taste nearly medicinal. Bitter citrus peel and green botanical flavors are big, also sweet tangerine and lasting piney resin in the aftertaste, light honeyed malt traces linger too after the bitterness subsides. Full bodied and very bitter, the 9% is apparent, and blends a little better as it warms. Overall a big brash DIPA from Iowa, only a small handful of those in existence.

Thanks for this one Eric!

Photo of NStLincoln
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big old double IPA from our friends Peacetree Brewing to the east in Knoxville, Iowa. Comes in a four pack.

Pours a really hazy copper color. There's no way you're seeing through this beer. Nice mottled head.

Some overripe mango and bran muffin on the nose.

That tastes good. Long and hoppy on the finish but pleasantly malty in the mid. Easy drinking for a double IPA. Hops are earthy and not overwhelming. One of the top few double IPAs I've tried.

Photo of momoagogo14
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance: Medium, offwhite head, good retention, beer is a smoky orange color
Smell: pine, citrus, caramelized malts, some alcohol
Taste: Caramel malts right away, followed by spicy hop bitterness and earthy, citrusy finish
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, resinous, medium bodied
Overall: This is my favorite Peace Tree brew---the Belgian yeast and malt flavors lend a depth that separates this from other double
IPAs. It’s not just hoppy for the sake of being hoppy.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby bottle with no date.
Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip

A: Pours an amber orange color. A thin line of bright white head. Not tons of carbonation. It leaves minimal lacing bits. Looks pretty still.

S: Surprised that it smells kind of good. I get some of that cat pee astringency for sure. But there is some fruitiness in there too. Some orange rind and citrus.

T: This is a strange tasting DIPA. Different than any I have had. You get a tongue coating mild bitterness up front. Then this strange flavor, maybe mildly medicinal after that. It gets very sweet to offset the initial bitterness. The close lingers with you. I didn't think this is fresh and think it might be good if it was.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from stubby, medicine bottle 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami -- thanks!

A: Rusty red-amber with 1-finger of off-white head with average retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Tart Belgian yeast is most dominating but there are plenty citrus and floral hops. The malt backing is pretty generic.

T: The flavor is complex and plenty earthy and dirty with the Belgian yeast. Not the most subtle beer. The alcohol is big but fairly integrating with the funky yeast character. I wish the hops had more chance to surpass the yeast character, but they do provide citrus and floral qualities. The maltiness is barely enough to get the job done and feels strapped.

M: The malt-based body is medium but needs to be more. The carbonation is low and helps the drinkability.

O: Not the greatest Belgian IPA as the yeast-hops balance is not more equal, and the maltiness is barely sufficient to support it all. I would love to see Peace Tree use typical American ale yeasts and more malt and see what happens.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus up front that are quickly followed by a strong hops presence. The hops bitterness has the normal floral taste to it but there’s also a bit of medicinal flavor as well. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better in the style but this is still a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

Photo of beagle75
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hopside-down pilsner glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with a retreating residue of off-white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Underpowered pine seems left to fend for itself. Malt is not detectable, likewise alcohol, although a thread of artificial laundry detergent perfume tries to hide unsuccessfully.

T: Begins off-dry, with coniferous herbaceous hop aromatics that show a medicinal side early. Acidity is sharp and potent into the middle where hop flavors turn more spicy. The finish is astringent and moderately bitter, sweetening late but lacking needed complexity. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden, slightly syrupy perhaps.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, resinous and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Mediocre and too dependent on Columbus-derived hop qualities, this DIPA is definitely not a head-turner. Fermentation flavors are surprisingly lacking, considering the much-advertised Belgian yeast strain used to brew it, while malt and hops are entirely one-dimensional. The best compliment it affords is that it does not offend.

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium orange with a very thin light head, just a touch of CO2.

The nose is week for a double IPA, very resiny and plastic, smells like some columbus and not much else.

The flavor is not real good either, a big metallic flavor, maybe a bit oxidized, along with a sharp piney bitterness, a bit of sweetness from the malt and alcohol, but not much in the way of flavor. The beer is even lacking in hop flavors, just loaded with bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the flat side with a touch of resin.

I bit of let down, as I had heard such good things about this brewery.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with ruby highlights and a slightly wispy tall head. Soapy lacing.

Nose is noticeably piney with tropical and citric fruit notes. Plenty hoppy.

Body is smooth, delivers a fine wallop of hops. Somewhat sweet caramel note, but very fine and subtle. Hops burst on the tongue, leaving an ester alcohol finish of banana, citric zest, and a touch of hay.

This is a pretty damn good beer. Very tasty, full of hop flavors, and well-attenuated. Well played, Peace Tree.

Photo of rwathree
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice, hazy auburn color that grades lighter at the edges. Produces next to no head, and what it does yield disappears quickly. This is not the first Peace Tree beer I've noticed this shortcoming with.

S: the characteristic aromas of the Belgian yeast strain - banana and orange rind in particular here - intermingle nicely with bold hop aromas. (That the yeast and hops share the citrus notes in common is a plus, for sure.)

T: man, too much hops! Any subtleties are pretty much blasted off the map after a split second. Seriously, all I'm getting is a rush of burnt bitterness. OK, maybe the slightest bit of grapefruit up front, but taste betrays the aroma in a major way.

M: not bad - carbonation is strong, body is medium and easy going down.

O: aesthetically, this ranges from high-average to good, but the hoppiness is just overwhelming. Yeah, I know to expect a heavy hop profile from a Double IPA, but there's got to be something else for me to get behind. I'd like to revisit this in the future to see if Peace Tree works the kinks out. They're a very young outfit that I like supporting, so I'll happily give it another go down the road.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, reddish brown--like cherry tea--with a thin but steady head and decent lacing

S: Loads of hops: pine and spruce as well as citrus fruits mingling in; man, the pine bitterness burns the nostrils; some sweet bready grains underneath but mostsly hops, hops, and more hops with an increasing alcohol presence

T: Bitter hops up front but they fade rather quickly leaving a bready slightly burnt and slightly sweet malt presence; the hops return but not in the same way they make their presence known in the aroma; it's actually kind of balanced and not overwhelmingly boozy but not quite what I was expecting either

F: Actually a touch thin, especially for a DIPA--but the creaminess sets in eventually making up for the initial thinness

O: Well, it had more promise than what it ended up as but it is still a decent DIPA--not something I will actively pursue but not a bad option

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is two fingers with layer upon layer of tiny bubbles stacking up. There is a really nice sheet of lace. This is an extremely dark body for a DIPA, amber colored with golden highlights.

Smell- The hop aromas are great. There is a lot of citrus, passion fruit and orange. Floral hops and some banana from the distinctive Peace Tree yeast. It makes the nose amazingly sweet.

Taste- The bittering hops are really well done in this beer. A truck load of hops bash the palate into submission. The hop flavors are, again, mainly citrus with that same passion fruit mustiness and a little grape fruit.

There are some ester notes, banana, and clove as well. This is one Peace Tree brew where I really think the Belgian yeast is improving the characteristics of the beer.

Mouth feel- The medium body is spot on and the carbonation makes the drink smooth. It is not perfect, but really close.

Overall- This DIPA is really well done, and Peace Tree's distinct yeast twist only makes this beer that much better.

Photo of birchstick
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put into a random six pack at El Bait Shop in Des Moines by the bartender. HEre's my first DIPA from Iowa...

A - pours a reddish brown / dark amber without much of a head on it

S - smells dank and boozy with lots of earthy, oniony hops with citrus undertones. A caramel malt base is present as well as a bit of fruitiness

T - Starts off with sweet citrus up front. This fades to toasted caramel malt base that takes up the middle part of the palate. Next, the hop sutra delivers its hops - onion and bitter pine bombard the tongue on the finish. There is a subtle amount of of fruitiness on the finish as well. I got a lot of heat on the exhale.

M - nice and creamy mouthfeel, just how I like it on my IPAs

D - pretty solid DIPA here. Peace tree is not messing around with this one. It definitely delivers and does not disappoint as a DIPA. Having never heard of this brewery before I was pleasantly surprised by it. Very much recommended if you can get your hands on it!

Photo of rundocrun
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First review of this beer with its new name: Hop Sutra. Stats are all still the same. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an extremely dark copper--almost reddish. Crystal clear. Has rose-colored highlights when held to the light. Yields a finger of light khaki head that dissipates quickly. Small amounts of lacing, but some definite residual sugars in this beer as indicated by the thick transparent sheets clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Piney and resinous as a good DIPA should be. Hints of lemongrass and some mild floral hoppy notes as well. It's hard to get a sense for anything beyond the hops in this beer as I am drinking it quite fresh (within 3 weeks of its bottling date). Possibly the slightest hint of sweet honey mixed with fruity alcohol.

T - Intensely sweet up front, surprisingly. From the aroma I would expect something much more immediately bitter or at least with some hop flavor. The bitterness doesn't really come into play until the middle where it melds nicely with the booziness and lasts through the finish. Additionally, the initial sugary sweetness turns into a tangy honey-like flavor through the finish. As I take more and more sips I do notice one off-putting flavor--a metallic taste that is detectable only for a moment in the middle of each sip. Has a mildly malty and grassy aftertaste.

M - Medium body. Quite smooth for a DIPA. Finishes syrupy and a little cloying. Carbonation is adequate.

Overall - This is an above-average beer, but in my opinion it doesn't quite hit the mark as an exceptional DIPA. It is a little heavy on the sugars and it doesn't have the IBU's to make it a big-hitter.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber in color with a nice head of white that was about two inches at first but then slowly settled down into a rich lacing that coated the sides of the glass. Such a sweet, sharp citrus aroma coming off of this one, simply amazing. Like pineapple and grapefruit juice mixed in a glass and hit with a shot of orange, it was simply amazing. First sip sucked the moisture from my palate. Lip smacking good. Sharp, biting citrus flavor, pineapple and grapefruit rule the day here as the richness and juiceness is simply overwhelming. Each sip seemed to get sharper, crisper then the one before. I was in heaven.

Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another home state Iowa tick.

A - Amber colored beer with a small off-white head that didn't stay for long but left some moderately good lace on the sides.

S - Some toasted malts, mostly citrus and pine hops with a slightly bitter finish. Actually not bad.

T - Grapefruit with a some toasted malts and a little bit of tropical fruit. Finishes bitter on the end. Actually not bad, don't think this is terribly fresh but it's probably the best Iowa beer I've ever had. Okay, I've had 2 or 3, but still. Little too much booze.

M - Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, fairly good carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, not great, but could drink it regularly with no issues. I hope one of these Iowa breweries gets awesome quick so the locals can go crazy there.

Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with red highlights under an inch of khaki head. The head lasts, leaving islands and then a ring as the beer warms. Etching and streaking all the way down the glass. Very little sediment; the beer is almost clear--just a little hazy.

Hops are more in the earthy-medicinal-astringent line, with some mild sweet malt holding it together. A vague oiled baseball glove smell is there at the end: leather and linseed.

Opens bitter, turns momentarily sweet, and finishes long, dry, and bitter with peppery alcohol at the very end. Satisfying and rich in the mouth and throat: full-bodied. Nicely balanced; complex.

Holds up well: label says June 2010 bottling.

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Hop Sutra from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.